Satellite measurements show hidden water content of snow

Satellite measurements show hidden water content of snow

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13 May 2013
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As spring arrives, many people are generally interested in the snow vanishing. Others are more interested in the water that is stored in the snow layer. Satellite measurements can show the extent and water content of the snow coverage, and where it will melt.

Scientists from SMHI are part of a European research project aiming to develop new, simpler ways of using satellite data about snow and ice. 

Data from optical satellites can show the spread of snow coverage on a detailed level. Changes in the spread show where the snow has melted. This is valuable information in situations with high flows in watercourses as the snow melts. >> More

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